The Changing of the Guard is a great display of British pomp and pageantry that occurs when the The Queens Old Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to the New Guard.
The queens guard are fully operational infantry and cavalry soldiers and even though they are a great spectacle are not purely ceremonial.
No tickets are required to watch the Changing of the Guard however joining a tour can help provide you with additional information. Make sure you get to Buckingham Palace early to get a good view of the ceremony.
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